Is there a heaven?

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Is there a knowing, good, caring, and all-powerful God?

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    I grew up a Christian under my parents' care.
    After I left home I became agnostic - leaning a little bit toward being an atheist.
    I've read and re-read the Bible with an analytical and skeptical view.
    I wanted to satisfy myself with the notion that the Bible is in error - with many instances of inconsistency and absurdity (if read literally). I found what I was looking for.

    Yet, now as I approach 45, I begin to wonder if there is more to life than death.
    Oh, I have had a nice life so far: a reasonably comfortable, typical, middle-class life.
    I have a quaint home, a good wife, a challenging (but not back-breaking) job/career.
    I have led a reasonably ethical life and I have some good friends and no enemies.
    I'm reasonably content but sort of want more out of life.

    Is there a God?
    Does this God know and care about me?
    Is he all powerful, merciful, and good?

    I still wonder.
     
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    Maybe you should have a chat with a local preacher in the church of your choice in your area. He can help you work out all of these issues. There is a God and he loves you.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFPajU-d-Ek]‪Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is a Place on Earth (HQ)‬‏ - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I think there is a higher power so i'll vote yes.
     
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    A little difficult this one. When the bible says "God created the heavens and the earth."
    I have to admit, I see it as meaning the heavens as sky above.
    What is heaven? If God has existed for ever then surely heaven did too?
    Not sure what to make of this choice.

    HM
     
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    I grew up Catholic, believing in a Heaven and Hell.
    Now I'm not so sure. There is something in me that wants to believe that we return to the Creator, whatever that may be. A ball of light ... an energy source of some kind. If some want to label such a place as Heaven, well I suppose that's fine. Regardless, I believe we choose to come to this planet and experience this human form, this human life. We are our souls, creating a life of happiness. Well, some of us are anyway. When we die, our souls return to that Energy source and what happens from there? Do we get the opportunity to come back and do it all over again? Do we come back to this planet to learn new lessons ... to love harder ... to hate stronger?

    Are you one who believes we come in contact with the same people each life-time and we just don't know it?

    So many question .... so few answers ... an abundance of opinion ...
     
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    Hi Masquerade,

    I believe there are soul mates. I do not believe we are reborn over and over again.
    We just are and we have to make the best of that.
    Do I believe in a creator? Well I do as it happens. Do I see flaws in mankind?
    I do.... but that is normal as we see flaws in ourselves which means we should be kinder to others.


    HM.
     
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    how ironc it may well be to arrive in the afterlife to find on'e terrestial existence was indeed the illusion after all...
     
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    If life is going to be worth experiencing....then it has to happen here.
    Eternity is a little to long to find life boring.:up: I think I will cling to reality and enjoy the feelings it brings.

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    Belief in God needs to be between you and Him. My encouragement to you is to ask Him directly. Think of it this way, if you don't know if there is a God, how could it hurt to ask Him? Since He is God, He knows your thought anyway : )

    I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of all. So naturally I'm going to direct you to this site below. I chose several different questions that may hopefully help you, if you like.

    It takes time to read Gods Word, but that is partly how He reveals Himself to us and it's so personal, so intimate, each individual soul with Him is a relationship. It takes us truly being humble and crying out to God for His guidance and help. It is written in the Bible..



    Here are some links to one site.. particular questions that I hope helps you. God bless you : )


    Who is God?


    Why are there so many religions? Do all religions lead to God?


    With all of the different religions, how can I know which one is correct?


    What is the Romans Road to salvation?
    (one of my personal favorites and helped me alot when I first came to know God)


    Jesus said..

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